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Seattle Art Museum

100 University Street, Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA 98101-2902
206-654-3100
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Ranked #43 of 212 attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
Description: This post-modern structure houses an impressive and eclectic collection.
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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

They have dome really interesting exhibits and a fantastic space, we spend a few hours there during a damp afternoon. A good way to see some good Art and keep dry.

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Corona del Mar, California
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85 reviews 85 reviews
59 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Not many masters here, 1 Matisse and 1 Monet, but there is interesting art I've never seen before. Check out the Rat on the Bed, the china (dishes, not country), and rotating exhibit, it was memorable. We ate here, too. Always funky to eat in an art museum, food was very good, staff, too.

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El Paso, Texas
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127 reviews 127 reviews
41 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Try to save 2 hours to wander around this art museum in downtown Seattle. A little bit of everything. Excellent blown glass exhibit and native Pacific Northwest American culture.

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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Good displays of very respectable collection for this region. Nice staff. Very enjoyable visit and a really good restaurant at ground level for lunch or dinner.

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San Diego, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

This was a bit of a disappointment. Not really sure why. Just seemed like it could be better, considering the reputation of the city. Trying to be too much to everyone? Trying too hard and somehow missing the mark?

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Varese, Italy
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The temporary exhibition called "Modernism in the Pacific Northwest" displays some impressive works of art and especially the ones of Mark Tobey are worth a visit. I think the permanent collection is limited but still has various lovely works.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I went earlier in the day and took pictures of all works I found interesting. I had a date there that night, it wasn't as fun the second time around, but maybe I was more focused on putting the moves on than getting some culture in me. It's a good price and you'll spend a few hours in there.

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east amherst
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Very close to the alexis hotel, where we stayed, the SAM as it is known, proved to be just the right size. Not overwhelmingly huge, with art packed on the walls, like NYC museums. Take the time to watch the videos on native artists, it explains so much if what you will see, and is entertaining and short. The native... More

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Pleasanton, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I was able to get to the museum only around 1:30pm and was afraid that I'll not be able to see everything before they close at 5pm. Apparently, the museum was not as big as I imagined. The exhibitions are relatively small, but interesting. Especially liked a Tea Ceremony little movie. The Icon's collection was satisfying. Fine China collection is... More

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Virginia
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165 reviews 165 reviews
29 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

For a major city, I expected much more. The exhibits are not very extensive nor memorable or inspiring. Good way to pass an hour but not much more. Don't go expected the Met or MOMA.

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